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Friday, Apr 8, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

This week Gang Gang Dance released the second free MP3, “MindKilla” from their upcoming album Eye Contact, which is slated for release May 9th in the UK and May 10th in the US. Also, in a busy week for the band, they have unleashed the new video for “MindKilla” directed by Shoji Goto. Check out upcoming tour dates and the video after the jump.



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Thursday, Apr 7, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

Times New Viking have just released a new free MP3 from their upcoming Merge debut, Dancer Equired, releasing April 26th. The band has also announced US and Canadian tour dates for May and June, listed after the jump.


Times New Viking
Dancer Equired
(Merge)
Release date: 26 April (US)


SONG LIST
01 It’s a Culture
02 Ever Falling in Love
03 No Room to Live
04 Try Harder
05 California Roll
06 Ways to Go
07 New Vertical Dwellings
08 Downtown Eastern Bloc
09 More Rumours
10 Don’t Go to Liverpool
11 Fuck Her Tears
12 Want to Exist
13 Somebody’s Slave
14 No Good


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Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011
by PopMatters Staff

The Tony-winning stage adaptation of the classic Green Day album, American Idiot is in its final weeks on the Broadway stage. You can still catch the show from April 5 - 24 with the Green Day frontman starring as St. Jimmy.


Pick up tickets for the remaining dates here.


About the show: The smash-hit, Tony Award®-winning American Idiot is Broadway’s most exciting new musical. The New York Times calls it, “thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!” Based on Green Day’s Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the smash hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, “Holiday” and “21 Guns”, American Idiot is the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their search for meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on the most exhilarating journey of the Broadway season.


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Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011

When discussing female filmmakers, it is nearly impossible to not include Columbia University’s role in introducing new talent into the industry. The first woman to ever win a Best Director Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, is an alum, as are Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids are All Right), Nicole Holofcener (Please Give), Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), and Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry).


This year, a new generation of women from Columbia will showcase their short films at the festival. Of note, and not to be missed, are Gina Atwater’s Crossing, Christina Choe’s I Am John Wayne, and Olivia Newman’s First Match. The subjects of these films eloquently range from a young female wrestler going to the mat for the first time, to an impoverished young man riding a horse through the streets to Coney Island, to a period piece about Southern racism.


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Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011
"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" is the longest running show in Chicago history, despite the fact that it completely changes every week. PopMatters sits down with Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen for a one-of-a-kind discussion ...

The title—Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind—is kind of wacky.  The content, however, is downright unpredictable.


Greg Allen crafted “Neo-Futurism” after spending much time studying the Italian Futurists while at Oberlin College, eventually bringing Too Much Light to Chicago in December of 1988.  Since then, this show—wherein 30 plays are performed within one hour, the plays themselves changing on a weekly basis—has not only become the longest running show in Chicago, but has also spawned a branch out in New York as well.  Between his work with the Neos, Allen has also written and directed plays all around the country, often to great acclaim.


Here, in this exclusive interview with PopMatters, Allen sits down with us to discuss the Neo-Futurist aesthetic, responds to the charge that Too Much Light is “short attention span theatre”, and attempts to turn a table upside down with only the help of audience applause ...



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